10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie
Seared sea scallops with fennel apple salad, oyster mushroom and vanilla bean agro dolce. | Sara Graham
Cielo at the Four Seasons (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-5800)
What visitor can resist Cielo's rooftop patio and its impeccable view of the iconic Arch. Another reason to celebrate is the recent arrival of executive chef Gian Nicola Colucci. Born in Turin, he brings authentic flavors of Italy to each flawlessly executed dish. It's a style worthy of the remarkable view.
Spanish octopus with arugula, pickled onions and harissa. | Courtesy Central Table
Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595)
Central Table Food Hall brought a new dining concept to St. Louis. One gorgeously rustic space houses seven distinct food "stations" where you can purchase a variety of food during the day. There's a market, a grill, a coffee house, a sushi bar and a raw bar, just to name a few. In the evening, the area is transformed into a seated, "upscale casual dining experience" with table service where diners choose between eclectic but masterfully executed dishes such as raw oysters, lamb shank, pizza and bone marrow.
House-cured salmon with pea shoots, red wine-marinated six-minute egg, crème fraiche, beet chips and pink peppercorns. | Brian Hardesty
Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674)
The thing that makes Element unique is that in the kitchen you'll find multiple chefs working together, reviewing each dish, brainstorming and sharing in the menu creation. Your guests are treated to both dinner and a show, as the kitchen is open in the dining room and the gorgeous art of food plating is on display. The two outdoor patios offer tremendous views of downtown St. Louis as well as the restaurant's kitchen garden.
Duck Burger with remoulade, prairie breeze Irish cheddar, mixed greens, onion jam, and a duck egg on a challah bun with french fries. | Jennifer Silverberg
Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603)
Owners Ted and Jamie Kilgore opened Planter's House at the end of last year. Ted had already made a name for himself through his dedication to the craft of the cocktail as a bartender at Monarch and later at Taste by Niche. However, the kitchen, led by executive chef Bradley Hoffman, has put together a noteworthy menu of small plates and entrees assuring the food is on its way to earning accolades of its own.
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